Although Dr. Sean Freeman is skilled at the most complex forms of facial plastic surgery, he also finds that small, simple details matter just as much. For example, even a small scar can mar an otherwise beautiful face. Though a scar cannot be removed completely, it is often possible to make it less visible with the injection or application of steroid medications. Scar modification also can be achieved by a procedure known as a scar revision. Surgical scar revision in Charlotte can change the size of scars, raise depressed scars, or lower elevated scars.
Patients who choose Dr. Freeman at The Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery are choosing a physician who has specialized in lasers and facial cosmetic surgery since 1988. Our motto is “Only Faces, Only the Best Care.” To learn more about facial procedures, you can request your consultation online to receive $25 off your consultation fee or call his office at (704) 543-1110.
Scar revision improves the appearance of a scar while leaving another, though less obvious, scar in its place. At times, a scar will retain persistent red discoloration. When this is the case, laser treatments can reduce this problem.
Dr. Freeman frequently uses irregular or zigzag incision lines (rather than a straight incision line) to form a new scar that is harder to recognize. This method also can be used to move scars into less obvious places such as the hairline or a natural fold in the skin.
Surgical scar revision works best on scars that are long or prominent or that have healed in a particular shape. Best results are achieved when a scar is removed and wound edges are joined without tension. For this reason, Dr. Freeman frequently performs scar revision as a sole procedure.
Laser light is used to improve fine scars, wrinkles, and sun-damaged skin. Dr. Freeman has been performing laser resurfacing since its inception, has authored several key publications on the subject, and has taught physicians throughout the world the physics, methodology, and process of laser skin resurfacing. Having an experienced physician helps to minimize the risks and improve results.
After laser resurfacing, patients can return to work within 10 to 14 days. There will be a period during which their skin looks redder than usual. The red tinting of the skin will fade and is typically easily covered with makeup. Dr. Freeman also offers other laser treatments for a variety of skin conditions.
Injectable substances such as RADIESSE® can also be used to fill depressed scars. While improvement is immediate, it is not permanent. Repeat treatments are required to maintain the desired result. This procedure does not require anesthesia. Cortisone-like injections are used to soften firm scars (or keloids) causing them to shrink and flatten. Dr. Freeman has also found that injecting liquid silicone using a microdrop technique may provide a permanent improvement for some patients.